Have you ever been trained in First Aid and CPR? I was certified for the first time when I was 19. We were able to take it as an elective course for credit at Pepperdine, so I thought it was a great idea.
Fast forward 11 years later and I was a mom for the first time. Somehow our daughter got a hold of the wicker basket that had always held the dog's toys and broke off a piece. She then swallowed it.
The Heimlich was most certainly needed! We needed to use it again when our younger daughter choked on half of a Cheerio. Yes, you read that right. Half of a Cheerio.
These things happen so quickly that you really need to be prepared. I've been re-certified multiple times, and I'm the First Air person for our Girl Scout troop. It's important! So I was thrilled to attend the CPR class and screening.
I love medical dramas. While I find the diagnostic stuff fascinating, I really get into the drama and the relationships. There are some pretty great characters on both of these shows if you haven't seen them yet!
Watching shows like 9-1-1, though, makes me realize how fast life can change. Someone can be here and gone in an instant. Knowing CPR is so important!
Did you know that most people who will be saved by CPR are saved before the ambulance ever gets there? If someone doesn't start CPR right away, the chances are that person won't live.
The Instructor who was at the event was from Save a Little Life. He worked for 26 years at Cedars Sinai and never once saw someone saved by CPR that wasn't started at home. Let that sink in, especially if you have kids.
Research is now showing that mouth to mouth isn't necessary with adults. Chest compressions alone are typically enough. So if the fear of breathing into someone's mouth freaks you out, know that it's not the most important part of CPR with adults.
If you have kids, you really should be certified in First Aid and CPR. We all know things happen so quickly with kids. Around 20% of pediatric drownings happen in the presence of an adult.
They put things in their mouth. They do things they shouldn't. They act like daredevils. They get hurt.
Are you prepared to perform CPR on them? If not, you should get trained. This is a snippet of what pediatric CPR looks like.
Long and short is that it's best to be prepared. It's better to be safe than sorry. Go get trained if you're not already!
Relax and Enjoy the Premiere Event
Now that you know how important it is to get trained in first aid and CPR, if you're not already, go sign up for a class, then sit back and get ready for the Season Two premiere of 9-1-1 and The Resident on FOX.